FORT MILL -- After playing just two games in the past five days, the Charlotte Knights looked rested and not rusty. Starter Wes Whisler and the rest of the Knights pitching staff didn't need much help to beat visitng Durham 5-2 at Knights Stadium.
Whisler became just the second International League pitcher to reach four wins on the 2008 season, as he went five innings, allowed two unearned runs off four hits.
Whisler fell behind 2-0 in the first inning when Durham tried a double steal and Knights catcher Paul Phillips threw to third base that was not being covered. The ball went into left field and was bobbled by outfielder Jason Bourgeois allowing both base runners to score.
The Durham lead didn't last long. Josh Fields hit a solo home run to right-center field in the bottom of the first. Jeff Liefer followed with a walk, then first baseman Brad Eldred hit a line drive home run to left field giving the Knights a 3-2 lead.
The home run ball was kind to the Knights again in the second inning as shortstop Mike Rouse celebrated his 28th birthday with a two run homer. It was Rouse's third home run of the season.
Rob Bell made his first appearance out of the bullpen this season and pitched three solid innings of relief before turning things over to closer Ehren Wassermann. The Knights closer struck out the side in the ninth for his 6th save of the season. Wassermann has yet to yield a hit this season in 7 2-3 innings of work.